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Moisture Interpretation from Landsat Images

I am working on a "land suitability for crop" project. Can anyone let me know how to get any type of information which can be related to moisture index of soil? I have Landsat 5 data with band 3 and ...
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arcpy overwrite files in a geodatabase file

I'm writing a python script, I've got an mxd and its workspace is a geodatabase file with all the files I need into. The problem I'm encountering in testing and writing code is that, despite of the ...
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focal statistics with variable radius

is there an easy way to do focal statistics on a raster, with a variable radius for the neighbourhood to be searched? As in: that search radius would be stored in another raster? i tried something ...
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Printing with the ArcGIS Javascript API?

Any examples of how to print a map using the JSAPI? All from the client?
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How to cope with imprecision in floating-point grids?

I have a floating point grid/raster and will want to make all values rounded to the nearest tenth. I have converted to integer (added 0.5 for rounding), but the final floating point output grid is ...
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Solid Laptop Specs for running ArcGIS

I'm getting a Lenovo thinkpad w520 with 8gb of ram/2000m quadro GPU/2760qm Corei7 to use as my secondary work laptop. I mostly deal with large amounts of ortho photos and some GPS software. Do you ...
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How do I change geotiff “no data” color to white/transparent rather than black?

I am preparing data for inclusion into a geonetwork node, where the maps are displayed via geoserver. The problem is that cells that have"no data" are displaying as black in the geotiff and I am would ...
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What is the best way to visualize multiple large LIDAR tiles?

I want to load approximately 10 large LIDAR tiles for analysis. I have tried using ArcScene but it appears there is a limit on how much data ArcScene can handle at one time. Each tile is 65-90MB in ...
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Extract Raster Value into Polygon Attribute

I have Raster Data for a State which has Elevation Data in its pixels. I also have Vector layer which has the 300 divisions of State. what I need is, I want to get the average elevation value of ...
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Is there a Free Aggregate Points tool out there for ArcGIS 10?

I need to do some Getis-Ord analysis but first I need to aggregate my points. I know of XToolsPro, but the aggregate points function is locked and you must purchase a license to use it. I am ...
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Can concurrent processes be run in a single model?

In model builder (for Arc GIS 10) is it possible to run two or more geoprocessing operations concurrently? For example I have to run repair geometry on 2 files and then merge them. Currently it ...
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How to split points by polygon?

I am looking for a way to split points by a county polygon feature class. The attached image shows two feature classes: one composed of points and the other a county polygon feature class. The split ...
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How to create many parallel lines in ArcGIS?

I need to create many parallel lines. Is there a tool in ArcGIS where you input the distance between the parallels and the number of them? Thank you.
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Calculate distance in km to nearest points (given in lat/long) using ArcGIS

I have two point datasets in ArcGIS, both of which are given in WGS84 lat/lon co-ordinates and the points are spread across the whole world. I would like to find the nearest point in Dataset A to each ...
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Large mosaic process failing - what are the options? software independent only focussed on result

I need to mosaic about 550Gb of tif imagery together and the software I have tried keeps failing. The area has been split into zones so that the smallest has approx 200 tiles. I have used the latest ...
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Efficient Network Neighbors?

I would like to identify the Kth order neighbors of an edge on a network, specifically the neighbors of a large set of streets. For example, I have a street that I'm interested in looking at, call ...
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How to create TINs in ArcGIS from triangular elements

I am working with FEM models with triangular elements, and I'd like to view the results as TIN surfaces in ArcGIS (and in ArcScene). In my external source, I have nodes (with X,Y,Z coords) and ...
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ArcGIS 9.3 Mapbook

I'm looking for a product that will produce multiple pdf plots of mapsheets specified by a shapefile key (say, 11 x 17) from ArcGIS using a single .mxd template, include and orient a common keymap, ...
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What type of interpolation should I use to visualize metal detection survey data?

I have about 500,000 points collected in a linear grid pattern over a 1 km2 area. The points were collected as part of a metal detection survey. Each point has X,Y and Coil Response mV (min -675.38 ...
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Which coordinate system and projection shall I use for georeferencing google map image in ArcGIS?

I have saved Google Maps image (not Google Earth) of area at latlon(17.692437,83.218689) by some method in jpeg format. It is an exact snapshot of the Google Maps. Now I need to geo-reference it to ...
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How to find dead-ends in a road network

I'm trying to remove all the dead-end roads in a road dataset (lines) that are less than 100m long. How do I identify roads that are dead-ends (no exit)? The 100m part is easy. I know how to use Arc ...
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How is the default label field chosen by ArcMap?

I have 2 questions: I know how to manually go to Layer Properties>Labels tab>Label Field and choose my label field. I also know that I could set up my primary label field and save the setting as a ...
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How do I select only those features, that are connected?

I have a polygon layer of water reservoirs and a polyline layer of canals. In my data, some canals are originating from reservoirs, and leading to other canals. On the other hand there are some ...
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How to provide automatic overview map, ArcGIS 10

This is a slightly badly phrased question I know, but I'm not really sure what to call this. My supervisor recently showed me a printed out map that he had produced with a high-resolution satellite ...
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Lidar - Automated building extraction (Improve Process)

I have the following process for automatically creating building outlines/footprints from Las files and was wondering if anyone can help improve it or has suggestions for other processes to use? ...
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how does a personal-gdb work from a MS Access perspective?

I am trying to get a better general understanding of how ArcGIS works with MS Access when using a personal geodatabase. If I create a new pgdb and then import a very simple shapefile and finally look ...
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How to convert ESRI grid file to ASCII format, or otherwise import into matlab

I need to import a climate map downloaded from WorldClim into Matlab for manipulation with the mapshow command. I am comfortable reading in ASCII grid data into matlab, but this format is not ...
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Why do simplify polygon results differ between ArcGIS and PostGIS?

I am mainly interested in why and how the Simplify Polygons tool in ArcGIS handles the simplification process, including preventing and resolving topological errors better than the equivalent ...
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How to calculate polygon area considering slopes?

I am looking for an accurate algorithm or a service to calculate surface area on earth where points are calculated on the basis of GPS Coordinates. I am using Google Map Api version 3 and are drawing ...
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Is there a version of the ESRI ArcGIS Symbol Library PDF for ArcGIS 10, or some other cheat sheet for symbols/line weights?

ESRI has an old set of PDFs from 2004 showing all the symbols available in ArcGIS at the time and their names. I don't need it often but if I'm searching for a certain symbol and don't know its name ...
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ArcGIS 10 Rest services regulary stop working

I have a problem with a new installation of ArcGIS Server. The installation is ArcGIS 10 on Windows Server 2008r2 with IIS 7. I have followed this guide to configure the IIS ArcGISServicesAppPool: ...
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georeferencing aerial photos with only known centroid

I have heaps of aerial photos that need to be georeferenced. I have access to ArcMap and ERDAS. All I am given is an excel sheet with the centroid coordinates of each image. Each photo covers an ...
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NoData in ArcGIS Spatial Analysis

When using Spatial Analyst I regularly have issues with NoData values cropping up in the data. Various tools appear to introduce NoData values regularly. These values then cause issues with other ...
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Call FWTools (ogr2ogr) from ArcGIS python script

In ArcGIS, I want to use a Python script (and a standard ArcGIS script tool UI) to call functionality from FWTools. How would I make the call to FWTools? I tried using ...
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Export list of Feature classes to CSV

I am successfully using the follow script import arcpy from arcpy import env import os env.workspace = ("WORKSPACE") fcList = arcpy.ListFeatureClasses() print fcList to export feature class names ...
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Advice on using CityGML data and GIS

I'm looking for advice on how best to use the CityGML data-structure and GIS (preferably ArcGIS/QGIS). I've read through their website and wiki and saw a list of software here that can be used to view ...
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How can I export a sketchup Model to ArcGIS's Multipatch?

I have a very large model made in Google Sketchup v 7.1. I would like to export this to a Multipatch featureclass, so that I can view it in ArcScene, with other 3D data. I have tried several things, ...
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Compute Angle of a line in conventional bearing

I am trying to compute angle between two lines (line segment) using ESRI (ArcGIS, JS) in conventional bearing (Eg: N29'E) I am using Add Toolbar to draw a line segment where point A is a fixed point ...
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ArcPy Rename Loop

Does anybody have an ArcPy script which points to a directory and renames files within that directory? For example, I have approximately 1500 raster files with names along the lines of ...
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Which topics are fundamental for ArcGIS?

Similar to Which topics are essential for a crash course in QGIS?, which topics are fundamental to ArcGIS? Basic through advanced topics are welcome. Should be freely accessible to all. This is about ...
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Seeking shapefiles of business locations

Does anyone know where to find shapefiles of businesses such as grocery stores or gas stations? Thanks!!
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How far ESRI Technical Support goes?

Given the number of questions about basic/intermediary usage of ESRI products on this site and in a lot of other mail lists, I became curious to know why people don't ask them to the technical ...
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Has ESRI made any definitive announcements about 10.1 SP2? [closed]

My organization is awaiting SP2 before we can move our primary GIS team from 9.3.1 to 10.1. I have been testing 10.1 and have found a particularly bad bug that we've been told will be addressed in ...
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How does ArcGIS calculate the “inside” point for “Feature to Point”

Let me back up and say that from what I understand there are two common ways to calculate the centroid of a polygon in ArcGIS: Using Calculate Geometry on fields within the attribute table of the ...
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How do you explain what a .lyr file is?

My organization uses .lyr files consistently as a means for our users to view the data and build their mxds. It works great for our purposes, but we have run into an issue where we don't think the ...
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What happens to a feature class when importing to a feature dataset?

I am creating a model that needs to ensure that all input datasets end up in the same coordinate system (among other things). I was originally going to batch project all of the datasets whether they ...
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How to create sidebar help information for custom arcgis script tools?

I have been creating custom gis tools with python via the arcpy module. I can set up the tool successfully with parameters and all, but I cannot figure out how to create help text that shows up on ...
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Is there a way to Query what's “NOT THERE”?

If you have land tenure mapping, and you're only interested in the areas for which there are no polygons in a region, is there a way to query these areas out and create a shapefile from them. A ...
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Symbolising One-to-many relationships

I have a polygon feature class which has various extent areas with a name which is unique I also have a table (in an FGDB) that has the extent names with a score value. But there can be many score ...
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Extract boundary from detailed layer in ArcGIS or QGIS

Is it possible to return the boundary (outside) permiter of a polygon layer? Let's say you have the map of the USA, for simplicity, broken down to the county level, is it possible to return the ...